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Wisconsin History Essays

Learn something new about the past and gain a deeper understanding of your world. Hundreds of essays tell the stories of the people, places and events that are Wisconsin history.

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Morris Pratt was a well known psychic medium whose legacy is his eponymous spiritualist institution in Whitewater, known locally as "Pratt's Folly."

Find out where some of the most traveled streets of Madison got their names.

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Reform of Military Hospitals

Read about Cordelia Harvey's mission to reform Civil War era military hospitals and how invaluable her efforts were.

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Death to Capital Punishment

Read about the final person to be executed in Wisconsin before the state prohibited the death penalty.

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English Tudor Logging Camp

The story of how the lumber town of Elchon, WI came to be as aesthetically pleasing as any main street in England or France.

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How Madison Became a City

Madison went from a small village in 1836 to being organized and governed as a city in 20 years time

Learn about Mary Ann Menard, Wisconsin's first doctor.

When and where did The Gideons International really begin? There are more answers then you would think. Give this a read and decide for yourself.

In 1959 Rev. A.A.A. Schmirler traced the path Fr. Rene Menard took in 1661 down northern Wisconsins rivers to discover where Menard likely died.

Discover how The Wisconsin Dells came to prominence as a Midwestern tourism institution.
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